Trail Life offers free e-book, “Let Boys be Boys”


Sounds like something I might have written.

Download your free copy of “Let Boys be Boys” here.

Boys and Girls are different. “As leaders of boys in schools, homeschools, churches, and youth organizations, we must recognize and affirm their unique strengths and challenges. We are positioned to instill the principles and character traits that can prepare boys to become courageous, successful, focused men. But will we?” How can we successfully engage and disciple boys? If your attempts look anything like a typical classroom or Sunday school class, you are fighting a losing battle. Boys aren’t defective, they are different and to engage and disciple them effectively, we must Let Boys be Boys!

Discover three winning strategies from Counselor and Author Mark T. Hancock to engage and guide the next generation of young men to honor God, lead with integrity, and serve others.

Interest in Alternative “Traditional Christian” Boy Scouts Skyrockets


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Over the years, the Boy Scouts of America has been making steps to become more “accepting” and “inclusive” — at the risk to its traditional values.

In 2013, the organization allowed members to identify as gay, then a couple of years later, the group welcomed gay leaders. And beginning this year, “transgender” scouts — girls who pretend they’re boys — were allowed to join the once all-male group.

Not everyone has viewed these changes as positive. A new group that recognizes the traditional values that the Boys Scouts left behind is gaining popularity because of the BSA’s shift to serve a liberal agenda.

Trail Life USA, which focuses on “traditional Christian values” already has more than 20,000 members across the country.

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The Emasculation of the Boy Scouts Continues


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Yesterday’s announcement that the Boy Scouts of America will drop “Boy” from the name of its signature program is yet another sad development for the once storied and celebrated organization.

You’ll recall that the Boy Scouts announced in 2013 that they would be allowing openly homosexual scouts to join local troops. In 2015, they began accepting openly homosexual leaders. Since these changes, scout membership has dropped approximately ten percent. Many churches have decided to cancel sponsorship of troops.

The Boy Scouts have also announced plans to allow girls into their program.

So while this latest move in the interest of “inclusivity” reads like something of a satirical punchline, the decision to rebrand the century-old organization isn’t entirely shocking.

But it’s nevertheless sad – and exactly the opposite of what boys today need from those in positions of youth leadership.

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Trail Life: Boy Scouts Lost in Woods of Political Correctness


With Boy Scouts Lost in Woods of Political Correctness, Compass for the Masculine Journey Desperately Needed

Concerned about how co-ed trends are negatively affecting their sons, many parents turning to Trail Life USA for character and life lessons

Contact: Adam McManus,
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BELTON, S.C., May 2, 2018 /Standard Newswire/ — With the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) having completely lost their way in the woods of co-ed political correctness, many parents believe that someone else needs to provide a compass for young men’s masculine journey.

Stepping forward—and drawing wide support—is Trail Life USA (www.traillifeusa.com), a faith-based outdoor adventure program offering the kind of boys-only character and leadership development opportunities needed for learning what it really means to be a man.

Rapidly growing membership has boomed even more in the past few months, since the BSA dropped its long-time boys-only policy.

Trail Life USA CEO Mark Hancock, former advertising executive turned professional counselor, is available for interview and guest appearances. Also an award-winning writer and speaker, he has raised the alarm about the latest rounds in what he calls the ongoing “war on boyhood” that threatens society.

Among the recent concerns:

Well-intentioned as these kind of moves may be, they are alarmingly all wrong, says Hancock.  Confined to classroom settings more suited to girls, and denied rough-and-tumble experiences that help them learn and grown, it is no wonder “boys are struggling,” he believes.

“They are losing out and not developing as strong, capable men because we are not letting them be fully boys,” he says. “Weakened expectations and participation trophies have led to our culture producing unproductive narcissists.

“They are unproductive because we’ve never expected anything from them and they are narcissists because we’ve never let them fail.”

The BSA move and others are part of a climate that is unquestionably having a negative impact on boys, says Hancock, as evidenced in government statistics that show they are:

  • three times more likely to be enrolled in special education
  • four times more likely to be diagnosed ADHD
  • outnumbered two to one in top-10 senior rankings

As Trail Life USA membership grows, with more parents looking for an appropriate development program for their boys, now is a perfect time to consider the important issues the organization’s growing popularity raises:

  • Why being politically correct is developmentally wrong, for everyone involved.
  • How to raise real men in the light of the #MeToo movement.
  • Where and how the Boys Scouts of America went wrong and what needs to be done.

We can help you address such topics by connecting you with Mark Hancock, Trail Life USA participants and supporters, and other materials.

Since it was founded in 2013, Trail Life USA has been embraced enthusiastically by families seeking a faith-based nurture and activity program based on traditional values. Today there are almost 30,000 members in almost 750 troops across 48 states. The organization has seen significant growth since the BSA’s decision to welcome girls.

Typically chartered by local churches, Trail Life USA troops offer a K-12 program centered on outdoor experiences that build young men’s skills and help them grow on a personal level and as role models and leaders for their peers.

Trail Life USA (www.traillifeusa.com) is a Christian outdoor adventure, character and leadership program for boys and young men, K-12. Chartered through churches in 48 states, the program centers on outdoor experiences and biblical values that build a young man’s skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers.

ONENEWSNOW: Trail Life USA: Scouts’ mixing of genders highlights other group’s ‘boy focus’


Scouts’ mixing of genders highlights other group’s ‘boy focus’

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Trail Life USA hikers at sunset

With both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts trending toward allowing girls to join, an alternative Christian organization that limits membership just to boys is clearly the beneficiary.

Trail Life USA is a Christ-centered, boy-focused character leadership and adventure organization for young men. What began in 2013 now boasts upwards of 27,000 members spread across 49 states.

“About half of our troops were formerly Boy Scout troops,” says Mark Hancock, CEO of Trail Life USA. “The awards that the boys earned in Boy Scouts are transferable over to Trail Life USA because a lot of them are the same skills such as camping, hiking, and outdoor skills.”

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CONSERVATIVE NUT: Boy Scouts of America Scramble for Membership amid Declining Numbers


Be Prepared is the motto that millions of young men, including myself (proud Boy and Sea Scout), around the country learn and live by every year. For 107 years, the Boy Scouts of America have molded young men into leaders who have been at the forefront of business, medicine, politics, religion and a variety of other aspects of our society. When Boy Scouts was first created, it and its sister organizations were the premier youth organizations of the day and for the most part have remained so. As time has progressed, the BSA has had to deal with the challenge of competing for the attention of young men with inventions such as the T.V., the internet, computers, video games and a variety of other items and groups. This has resulted in the BSA struggling with membership for quite a while now.

Over the past 40 years, the BSA’s membership has been in a steady decline, with no sign of an end soon. In 2000, the BSA had 3.35 million total youth enrolled in all of its programs. As of 2013 that had fallen to 2.5 million youth and has continued to fall since then. Now, many organizations have had to deal with falling membership in the past but few as prominent as the BSA. The BSA has a program that is absolutely premier and has created some of the finest leaders the nation and the world have ever seen. Some famous former scouts include Neil Armstrong, Michael Bloomberg, President Gerald Ford, Robert Gates, Ross Perot, Donald Rumsfeld, Rex Tillerson, Mike Zinke, Rick Perry and many more.

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TRAIL LIFE: Boy Scouts of America Should Let Boys be Boys


This was published at the Trail Life USA blog

10/25/2017 1:00:00 PM by: Mark Hancock

Original article appeared on Fox News website on 10/20/2017

Do the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America understand the first word of their organization’s name?

With its recent announcement that it will admit girls, the Boy Scouts organization has not simply shown a profound disregard for its admirable roots. It has further abandoned boys to a culture that values them less and less.

Dressed in the language of equality and fairness, the move by the Boy Scouts may seem harmless enough. But I believe it’s unhelpful at best and damaging at worst – to both boys and girls.

However much some may wish it were otherwise, the reality is that males and females are fundamentally different in many ways – physically, emotionally and in their relationships. Pretending otherwise in the name of progress or permissiveness might be culturally acceptable, but it does both sexes a disservice.

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